Coaches

Shely Propst

She has been lifting weights since she was a kid with her dad in the basement.  She began doing pull-ups from a very young age and always won the pull-up contest in grade school.  Lifting weights has always been something that she has enjoyed and felt she has had control over.  In high school Shely was involved in cross country, basketball and track and in her first 2 years of college she played of basketball.  After college, Shely spent 3 years active duty in the Army as an intelligence officer.  Once her career was over, Shely became a personal trainer at 24Hour Fitness in Colorado Springs, CO in 2006.

The main reason Shely became a personal trainer was because she was told she was basically going to be a therapist.  Over the years she has learned to use physical fitness as a means to help counsel individuals towards not only their physical fitness goals but also other goals that span across someone’s life.

Shely was first introduced to CrossFit in 2009 and received her CrossFit Level 1 in October of the same year.  Her experience includes multiple certifications from National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and over six certifications from CrossFit.  Shely has a masters degree in public health with an emphasis in physical activity and nutrition.

Nutrition is also an area Shely is passionate about.  Over the years she has tried multiple diets for the sake of trying them to understand what her members will experience.  Shely also has experience in writing nutrition plans and helping people successfully losing weight.

Overall, Shely’s goal is to help people with fitness and nutrition goals, to make them feel like they are not alone when trying to achieve their goals and to build a physically active community not only in the gym but within the surrounding community of Manhattan, KS.

Kate Whetsel

Kate started out her professional fitness career as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor in 2012, after recovering from a back injury and then getting in the best shape of her life.  After regaining her strength and mobility, Kate felt inspired to help others get strong, be strong, and stay strong for life.

In 2015, she started CrossFit in Ansbach, Germany to learn how to use kettlebells and lift heavy.  She has been addicted to this style of training ever since because of the positive impact it has on an athlete’s self-confidence, well-being, and inner and outer strength.  The camaraderie and community aspects of CrossFit have kept her hooked, too.  Kate has learned the value of training the whole person, starting with the pink stuff between the ears, and that fitness is never “one-size-fits-all.”  Fitness isn’t just about the body—it’s about a strong mind and a resilient spirit.

Kate’s other education includes a masters in teaching from; additional certifications from American Council on Exercise (ACE) in personal training, group fitness and health coach; CrossFit Level 1 CrossFit Kettlebell Specialty Course; StrongFirst Kettlebell Course; TRX Force Strength Levls 1 & 2.  Kate also has her own online personal training she offers worldwide.

Jason McCurry

Jason became a coach with in the Fall of 2017.  His full time job is a Sales & Service Rep at Cintas and prior to that he worked for Coleman American World Wide Moving Company.  Jason has always been physically active and contributed his love for fitness to his grandpa because he was always outside in the woods with him.  Some of is experience Jason has ran half marathons, two 25ks and triathlons to include playing football in high school.  From ’95-’99 Jason was in the military as an Airbone infantry soldier and has done a total of 27 jumps out of a plane!

When you see Jason in class he commands presence because of his stature.  Jason sought after coaching because he wants to help others.  He enjoys seeing the struggle on someone’s face and then his/her look of accomplishment once the workout is done.  It is empowering to him when they do something they didn’t realize was possible.

Jaquelyn Molina

Jaq was first introduced to CrossFit in 2012 through a friend. Prior to CrossFit, Jaq was a runner and had never lifted weights. She obtained her CrossFit Level 1 Certification in the fall of 2013, after attending Army Basic Training and seeing the need for functional fitness. Now, Jaq is primarily a weightlifter, but she enjoys the community and challenge of CrossFit. Her goal for 2018 is to qualify for the American Open as a 58kg lifter.

Jaq is an officer in the Kansas Army National Guard and recently returned from her first deployment. Being in the National Guard provides leadership, fitness, and personal growth opportunities that she really enjoys. Jaq has a passion for leading and inspiring others. She aspires to attend Ranger School in 2019.

One of Jaq’s main goals as a coach is to help clients achieve things they thought weren’t possible. Seeing that “lightbulb” moment is her favorite. Jaq loves the teaching part of coaching and helping each person learn something new every day.

Outside of the gym, Jaq enjoys reading, playing golf, and spending time with her husband and cat.

Michelle Rossignol-Williams

As a fitness professional, Michelle had had her hands in many different facets of fitness. She began teaching yoga in 2003 and from there taught a wide variety of group exercise classes to include boot camps, Zumba, cycling, rowing, ballroom dance, barre, TRX, and HIIT.

In 2005, Michelle became a personal trainer and has been coaching CrossFit since 2013.  Most recently, she completed her Level 2 CrossFit Trainers certification and is currently finishing her bachelor of science in kinesiology and physiology and Kansas State University with the intent to graduate in the Fall of 2018.

Michelle loves to coach because she has learned to share her own personal experiences and knowledge with other people who are struggling with very similar issues.  She is also motivated by setbacks because they give her the opportunity to learn and rebuild herself.  Michelle believes that these struggles are what makes an individual stronger.  Watching other people push past their limitations and achieving their fitness goals drives Michelle as a coach.

Ryan Propst

More  nerd than an athlete, Ryan is a driven by continuous learning and a desire to help others.  A lean wrestler in high school that went onto college to become an engineer… and gain the freshman 30 or 40 (or maybe more) he didn’t learn what being healthy really meant.  In 2011, with all the stresses in life he realized that he couldn’t help anyone if he was unhealthy.  That started the movement of self education and learning (sometimes through failures) on how to maintain his health.  Down from 236 lbs to 175 lbs, off of medications for high cholesterol and a CPAP machine through research and learning on nutrition, exercise, and determination.  His goal is to help himself so he can be around to help others… his family, his friends, and all those who want to be around to do the same for their loved ones.  A question he often asks himself is… “How can you help and serve others if you can’t take care of yourself?”

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